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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos

The Forest Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia
I recently came back from my winter holidays in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. It was great, and I had loads of fun.
I went to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), in Vietnam first, and it was amazing. There were so many motorbikes, and apparently, there are 100 motorbikes to every car. I even got to ride one, in a night city tour! After three nights I left Saigon and went to Siem Reap, Cambodia. There were lots of beautiful temples, but the downside was that it was really hot and really humid, which was a bummer, because we were walking and using tuk tuks, so we didn't really get anywhere inside with an AC for most of the day. The picture above is of the Forest Temple in Siem Reap. That one was my favorite temple.
My family and I celebrated Christmas in Cambodia, and we soon left for Luang Prabang in Laos. There, I visited a waterfall (the Kuang Si Falls) and a bear sanctuary. I also tasted a local exotic dish: deep fried frog legs. I thought they were gonna taste horrible but, honestly, they tasted like chicken. In Luang Prabang I also visited a rice farm, where I learned how people grow rice, and cook sticky rice. It was so good. I'm a big fan of rice, but nothing beats the steamed rice I had in Laos.
The day after the rice farm I flew back to Vietnam with my family, but this time, we went to Hanoi. 
We rode in a car for 4 hours and arrived in Halong City, where we got on a 3 day 2 night cruise along Halong Bay. We celebrated new year's there, and then we made our 4 hour car ride back to Hanoi. We stayed in Hanoi for one day, and we watched a traditional water puppet show. Water puppets are basically puppets that float on water, and are controlled by long bamboo poles being held by people backstage.
I came back to Abu Dhabi on the third of January. Overall, this trip was great, but I do have some points I would like you to know:
First off, I had to take nearly twice my usual amount of insulin, because I was eating really different foods, so my blood sugar wouldn't go down. I had to set a temporary basal of 150% every day (I use an insulin pump). Also, don't stress if you get stopped in the bag scanner at the airport because of your diabetes supplies, because the people there aren't used to that sort of thing. The metal detector beeped every time because of my pump, which was annoying, and I was stopped in the bag scanner because of the needles in my inserter set once, when I was coming back.
This trip was amazing, and I loved going there. Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 4, 2016


Hi! My name is Ana. I like to travel. A LOT. I also have type one diabetes, which is the reason I started this blog. Diabetes doesn't stop me from doing anything, and I want people to realize that too.
I'm twelve years old, and I've had diabetes since I was four, which means I've had diabetes for nearly nine years (I turn 13 in May). I travel a lot, and I've been to over 20 countries, but I don't know exactly how many because I've lost count. I've been to North America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, which means I haven't been to Australasia or Antarctica, but we're planning on going to both those places sometime in the future.
I'm from Brazil, and I was born in Rio de Janeiro. When I was one I moved to Mexico City. Then, I moved to Miami when I was five. Now, I live in Abu Dhabi, In the Middle East.
Some random facts about me:
  • I use an insulin pump
  • I snowboard
  • I play the drums
  • I like the color mint green
  • I do horse riding
  • I like chocolate
  • I'm obsessed with Harry Potter :)
  • My birthday is on the 8th of May
Thank you so much for coming to my blog. It means a lot to me that people want to come here and read about my journeys. I really hope you enjoy this.
- Ana